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Building professionals are often put in a situation where solving problems with ‘best tool for the job’ comes at the cost of not being able to fully leverage data downstream without limitation.
As with building design, custom software takes time to realize, and the best solution is often the result of iterative problem solving and discovery. Instead of following one long linear project plan, it is better to build the project around short cycles of development where the development team can frequently gain insight from users, assess ways to improve the process, and adapt to changing requirements.
Design on the Browser
Modelo is the best tool to visualize, share and collaborate design projects on the browser. They support most common file types for import of your 3D models. Also, you can use the tool in VR mode too.
Fohlio is probably the easiest way to manage and automate specifications for a project. Product information, images, documents, status, webpage links, all of it documented in one place. You can even export the information to Excel or InDesign if you like.
BIM & Beyond
Dr.Patrick Janssen & team from NUS has published a research on a semi-automated workflow to convert simplified parametric models to detailed native BIM models.
While out-of-the-box interoperability is a great goal, what’s also practical is finding common ground between applications. Once you’ve established it, you can use this common ground to move the relevant data from one format to the other.
3D Documentation gives you the chance to create exploded axonometric views, or any sort of diagram you can think of. The combination of layers, cutting planes, marquees and different graphic styles is so powerful and almost unlimited in the graphic capabilities.